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When I was in college my summer job was that of a camp counselor. One particular year I was the trip leader for three day conoeing trips. My LL Bean nylon anorak was one highly prized peice of gear that season. I think that I loved the mobility that it gave me without having the bulk of a zipper going the full length down my chest. It wasn't waterproof but would shrug off a sprinkle and it shined as a wind breaker. I have been looking for a comparable peice of kit but just no luck, it seems that zipper front jackets are dominating or the pull-overs are just way too flimsy.

This is about the best that I have found:
http://www.checkpointcharliesurvivalsup ... ory_id=250

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Does it have to be tactical?

The Swedish surplus one is good and affordable if you can find one. You can then dye it a color you like. I have not seen many on the US market though. There are also plenty of "arctic" cotton canvas and wool ones available on the US market but not a lot in light materials or modern materials. The US is just not a popular place for "anoraks" or smocks as they are sometimes called.

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Doesn't have to be tactical at all just earthy in color. I am trying to find a year round piece that I can layer with. I did find some on the Fred Meyers site but European cut just doesn't work for my "military gone beer gut physique". 52" chest with a 38" waist just ain't done across the pond I guess.

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Bean still makes an anorak, I believe. I saw some (though they may have been women's) in my local Bean outlet. The heavy almost packcloth one my dad gave me years ago was great, but got to be more duct tape than nylon.
Also, Campmor carries some, but I don't recall manufacturer name.
If you're not stuck on nylon, someone in the UK makes a ventile cotton one for the Bushcraft crowd, but it's pricey.

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Manliest wrote:
Bean still makes an anorak, I believe. I saw some (though they may have been women's) in my local Bean outlet. The heavy almost packcloth one my dad gave me years ago was great, but got to be more duct tape than nylon.
Also, Campmor carries some, but I don't recall manufacturer name.
If you're not stuck on nylon, someone in the UK makes a ventile cotton one for the Bushcraft crowd, but it's pricey.

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Well holy $hit! Either they discontinued them for a bit or they are seasonal but yes there they are!

http://m.llbean.com/mt/www.llbean.com/llb/shop/73093

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This line makes me feel slightly less like a dumb @ss.


"We have brought back our classic anorak"

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I don't think the anorak concept really faded away at all - the materials and how they're used changed for the better.

A modern iteration of the anorak concept is the Patagonia Houdini (or any of the other styles of advanced fabric windshirts). They're lighter, more efficient, and offer all the benefits of the older designs with the added bonus of being crazy expensive. :crazy:

Speaking of crazy expensive, look at the Otte Gear Overwatch Anorak. Awesome design on that one, but it's definitely more of a softshell than a windshirt.

Seriously, though - a great, lightweight windshirt should be a staple of everyone's kit IMO. Once you really start using them you'll wonder why you haven't started sooner.

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$795. For the otte gear!!!!???? I have spent some cash on some gear but I think there was a reason my browser didn't even touch that in a search for "anorak"!

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Filson makes what looks to be a nice one, granted its $300.

http://www.filson.com/products/redwood- ... 10063.html

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ninja-elbow wrote:
Does it have to be tactical?


"Tactical" is the new "Grey"! :clownshoes:

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"Coyote" the new black? :?:

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Does it have to be tactical?


"Tactical" is the new "Grey"! :clownshoes:


+1

My problem with the USGI cold weather gear is that the jacket is more of a waistcoat than a "parka". And my 6'3" frame gets barely covered by one. I really like the one the op posted originally. To bad it's $200. Their $399 jacket looks even better. Anybody else know of a similar one that might be cheaper in camo? Needs to be 3xl too.

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Another Anorak for the OP:

https://www.sealsactiongear.com/catalog ... roduct=772

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First - caveat:
1) You want to spend some money
2) You are going to wear the canvas stuff below freezing temps

.... You'll dig this stuff: http://www.empirecanvasworks.com/shell%20clothing.htm
If I was going to live in a place were below freezing happened more than 2 weeks a year then I'd go for some of this stuff. I might still be in the market if I decide to do more snowshoeing up on Mt. Hood.

ETA: There's some other ones too of equal or greater quality by other companies.

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ninja-elbow wrote:
First - caveat: 1) You want to spend some money


Yup. I want to spend the money, just don't have enough to justify an expensive purchase. :( I like the look of the L.L. Bean anorak, it's about the best model that I think would fit my needs. If anyone ever gets one, I'd be interested in a review.


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Boondock wrote:
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First - caveat: 1) You want to spend some money


Yup. I want to spend the money, just don't have enough to justify an expensive purchase. :( I like the look of the L.L. Bean anorak, it's about the best model that I think would fit my needs. If anyone ever gets one, I'd be interested in a review.


I think that is the one I will be going with. I just want it as a good windbreaker and light rain protection. My old one held up pretty well so I'll give this one I try. I read some of the reviews said the sleeves were screwy, that is the only part that worries me. I may get two. One for work and one for casual/hiking. I live in Colorado so it is getting about time for a good windbreaker and I need one for work anyway so it looks like I'll order up one for work and if it is good I'll get a casual one also.

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Please, review the LL Bean ones. I'd be interested too.

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Get what you pay for...
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http://www.fjallraven.us/p-16-mrma-anorak.aspx

I took a look at what is offered today as an anorak and wonder if I'm too old. Nearly everything I is see is a waist level jacket, at best.

A 'proper' anorak, as I understand it from my rock climbing days, should be a shell, waterproof/windproof and long enough to go nearly mid-thigh. IWO, if you sat down, you could sit on the fabric of your anorak.

Then, if caught in the weather, you would coil and sit on your rope, empty your mountain bag and put your legs in it - with the scree cuff pulled up and snugged, you would be covered from head to toe. Roomy enough to have your arms folded under/inside. No full front opening. Waist level drawstring. Maybe pockets in front. A wool sweater under the anorak - and you could survive a nasty squall that blew up unexpectedly and survive.


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Did I miss the memo?

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http://www.fjallraven.us/p-16-mrma-anorak.aspx

I took a look at what is offered today as an anorak and wonder if I'm too old. Nearly everything I is see is a waist level jacket, at best.

A 'proper' anorak, as I understand it from my rock climbing days, should be a shell, waterproof/windproof and long enough to go nearly mid-thigh. IWO, if you sat down, you could sit on the fabric of your anorak.

Then, if caught in the weather, you would coil and sit on your rope, empty your mountain bag and put your legs in it - with the scree cuff pulled up and snugged, you would be covered from head to toe. Roomy enough to have your arms folded under/inside. No full front opening. Waist level drawstring. Maybe pockets in front. A wool sweater under the anorak - and you could survive a nasty squall that blew up unexpectedly and survive.


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Did I miss the memo?


I'm with you 100%. I thought an anorak or parka should go mid thigh. But all modern military (US anyway) cold weather "parkas" are waist coats really.

Love the one you posted but no sizes above XL. To bad. Like everything else - it won't fit. BTW what does "Purveyors to the Swedish Crown" mean? Is that for real?

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TacAir wrote:
Get what you pay for...
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http://www.fjallraven.us/p-16-mrma-anorak.aspx

I took a look at what is offered today as an anorak and wonder if I'm too old. Nearly everything I is see is a waist level jacket, at best.

A 'proper' anorak, as I understand it from my rock climbing days, should be a shell, waterproof/windproof and long enough to go nearly mid-thigh. IWO, if you sat down, you could sit on the fabric of your anorak.

Then, if caught in the weather, you would coil and sit on your rope, empty your mountain bag and put your legs in it - with the scree cuff pulled up and snugged, you would be covered from head to toe. Roomy enough to have your arms folded under/inside. No full front opening. Waist level drawstring. Maybe pockets in front. A wool sweater under the anorak - and you could survive a nasty squall that blew up unexpectedly and survive.


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Did I miss the memo?


I'm with you 100%. I thought an anorak or parka should go mid thigh. But all modern military (US anyway) cold weather "parkas" are waist coats really.

Love the one you posted but no sizes above XL. To bad. Like everything else - it won't fit. BTW what does "Purveyors to the Swedish Crown" mean? Is that for real?


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Means you and I can't afford to shop there....

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That's why I say they are hard to find. What some call an "anorak" is not actually an anorak. Most are just pullover jackets, like the ones I had in the Navy. They were nice but the hem was right around the crotch.

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If you are looking for a longer cut bush shirt that is windproof,almost completely waterproof, comes down at least mid thigh, check out swanndri..... I love their gear! Just a touch over reasonably priced, but wait for their clearance sales and free delivery. I have never heard anyone say anything bad about swanndri.


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Sorry, here's a link : http://www.swanndri.co.nz/Mens/Bushshirts.htm


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I walked into TAD one day in SF and they had some of their combat anoraks on a sale rack steeply discounted, so I picked up my first anorak. It's my favorite jacket now! I love the way they cut their jackets, and it's made out of some Kevlar blend cloth that's super durable. It's water resistant, has waterproof zippers, is wind proof, and looks great. The pockets are in the same locations as a ranger hoodie with one exception, the big chest pocket goes straight through and is accessible from both sides. The hood is well designed and has a built in brim. I think they may have discontinued it but if you can find one used pounce on it, mine shows no signs of wear years later (with plenty of use). They made two, one the combat anorak made of the Kevlar fabric and one lighter weight one, which I have no experience using.

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